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Creating Standards for Multi-Stakeholder Governance

Harris Gleckman 07/29/15

Many people in civil society and in governmental circles feel ambivalent about this new global governance approach. Should multi-stakeholders be in charge of "solving" global problems?

Satellites Spot Deforestation in Almost-approved Peruvian National Park

Mongabay.com 07/27/15

A proposed national park in Peru sits on the apparent cusp of approval, even as it suffers deforestation at the hands of illegal loggers, miners, and coca growers.

Schools Aren't Just Buildings

Stanford Social Innovation Review 07/23/15

Innovation education is critical in East Africa and beyond.

Europe's Airpocalypse

Project Syndicate 07/20/15

When it comes to air pollution, Europe's policymakers should stop preaching to others and focus on fixing their own problems.

Taxing Tobacco

Project Syndicate 07/17/15

Oleg Chestnov & Tim Evans propose a cheap effective strategy to bring about a reduction in smoking.

The Age of Megaprojects

Project Syndicate 07/13/15

Nancy Alexander warns that a boom in infrastructure investment could be counterproductive if not carefully managed.

A Climate Apollo Program

Gus O’Donnell
Project Syndicate
07/06/15

Gus O'Donnell describes a global initiative to make clean energy competitive with coal within ten years.

Drones for Development

Project Syndicate 07/01/15

J.M. Ledgard & Scott MacMillan on the must-have gadget for remote parts of Africa, Asia, and South America.

U.S. Pioneers Water Saving in Fracking, But China's Nascent Shale Sector Lags

chinadialogue 06/25/15

Some U.S. shale oil producers are recycling water to save costs and to protect resources, methods that may be needed in China if the country experiences a fracking boom.

Revolution and Reaction in Biopharming

Henry I. Miller
Project Syndicate
06/23/15

Henry I. Miller says that over-zealous regulation is preventing plants' drug-making potential from being realized.

Like the Vacuuming, Non-profit Work is Women's Work

Stanford Social Innovation Review 06/19/15

If we want the nonprofit sector to innovate, we need to acknowledge the gender gap between nonprofits and the private sector.

Chaos is an Order We Don't Understand

Aseem Inam 06/10/15

Although many are among of the oldest in the world, cities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are often defined as "chaotic." What can we learn from this apparent contradiction?

The Wall Street Takeover of Non-profit Boards

Stanford Social Innovation Review 06/08/15

Executives from the finance industry represent a growing percentage of board members, and an even larger percentage of board leadership, at some of America's most influential nonprofits.

Beyond Universal Education

Fazle Hasan Abed
Project Syndicate
06/03/15

It is time for the UN to move beyond a singular focus on enrollment numbers and grapple with the problem of quality in education. A child’s potential is truly unleashed only when he or she learns to spot and seize the opportunities his or her parents never had.

The Rise of the Changemaker Business

Ashoka 06/01/15

The responsible business of the future is not a company that cares about social impact, it is a movement that uses business to empower others to build a better world.

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